At Randolph Electric, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops of North Carolina have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 2 million students who have participated in 9,800 Bright Ideas projects and given out more than $10.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods. A panel of previous Bright Ideas grants winners, various counties’ Teachers of the Year, as well as retired teachers, carefully reviewed and discuss each application before deciding on the final awards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements, and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity. The application and grant-writing tips can be found at

It pays to apply early for a Bright Ideas education grant! Teachers who submit their grant applications by the August 15 early bird deadline will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. 

The application period for 2021 has ended and winners will be announced by the end of November. Visit us on April 1, 2022, for the next grant application cycle.

Bright Ideas Winners 2021